Welcome to the About page of the Oregon State Chem-E-Car Club website!


Chem-E-Car is the annual competition hosted by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) engaging university students in applying engineering principles. The shoe-box-sized car is powered and stopped by chemical reactions. The car must also safely carry a specified load over a given distance. Students compete in a regional competition to qualify for the national competition.


In addition to the car competition, students participate in a poster session where they present their their car design to judges. Teams can win trophies and awards for poster design, best car design, most innovative reaction, and more! A full list of awards and trophies is available on the AICHE ChemE Car Website. At the 2018 National Competition, our team won "Best Team Name"!


Student Chapters in the Pacific Northwest Region:

  • Montana State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Washington State University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Washington


OSU has one Chem-E-Car team that constructs a fuel cell-powered car. Within the team, there are several task forces: mechanical, electrical, starting chemistry, and stopping chemistry. Each year, the team redesigns the car. New starting and stopping chemistry are selected, or the chassis is redesigned. Some years, the entire car goes through a complete design overhaul.

Students from all majors are welcome! You should not be deterred from joining this club just because you aren't a Chemical Engineering major. Some of the things we do in this club are:

  • 3D Modeling & Printing
  • Designing/Building Electrical Circuits
  • Manufacturing Parts
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Travelling to Competitions
  • Fundraising/Establishing Industry Connections


If you are interested in joining the club, you can contact one of our club leaders or advisors here.

If you would like to subscribe to our listserv and receive club emails, click here. Please include your full name when signing up.